Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have signed veteran catcher Humberto Quintero to provide depth behind the plate in the wake of Mike Zunino’s hamate bone surgery.
Quintero was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Wednesday and opted to become a free agent after passing through waivers unclaimed.
The 33-year-old was batting .250/.294/.406 with two home runs and nine RBI in 24 games this season for Philadelphia. He’s likely to share time at catcher with Henry Blanco while Zunino recovers from his surgery.
Zunino could be in rehab mode for the remainder of the 2013 campaign.
MLB.com reports that long time umpire Dutch Rennert has died at the age of 88.
Rennert retired as a National League umpire after the 1992 season, so a lot of you didn’t get a chance to see him. But believe me, if you got a chance to see him in action, you’d remember him. He had one of the most distinct strikeout calls in history. He’d go turn to the side, go down on one knee, point with purpose and bellow “STRIKE . . . ONNNNNNEEEEE!”
It was quite the scene, man:
I used to love it when Rennert called a game I was watching on TV. I always knew the count.
Rest in Peace, Dutch. I cannot vouch for the peace of whoever is on the cloud next to yours, though.